McCormick Recall: McCormick and Frank’s RedHot Seasonings Pulled in 32 States Over Salmonella Fears

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On July 27, McCormick & Company, Inc., initiated a voluntary recall on four bottled seasoning products due to potential contamination with salmonella bacteria. The McCormick recall includes seasonings sold in 32 states under the McCormick brand and Frank’s RedHot brand, according to the company announcement shared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The recalled products include various lots of McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning (1.31 oz. and 2.25 oz. bottles) and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning (153g bottle). However, only lots with specific best-by dates are affected by the recall. 

The products were shipped, between June 20 and July 21, 2021, to grocery stores in 32 U.S. states, as well as Bermuda and Canada. The impacted states are Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

McCormick has instructed retailers to pull the products from their store shelves and distribution centers. To check whether you have a recalled product in your pantry, check the FDA site to see the full list of impacted best-by dates and barcode numbers. 

The potential for salmonella contamination was revealed during routine FDA testing, according to the announcement. To date, no cases of salmonella poisoning connected to the McCormick recall have been reported to the agency. 

Salmonella infection is a relatively common type of food poisoning, and cases are usually not severe. Typical symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain, and fever, as well as sometimes nausea, vomiting, and headache, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms usually begin six hours to six days after consuming the contaminated food and last between four and seven days.

While most healthy individuals get better without seeking medical care, some groups of people—including babies, people over age 65, and people with weakened immune systems—are more likely to experience severe illness requiring antibiotic treatment and/or hospitalization, according to the CDC. Rarely, a severe salmonella infection can spread to other areas of the body through the bloodstream, causing serious complications or even becoming fatal, the CDC explains.

If you have one of these products in your cupboards, the FDA advises throwing it away (instead of returning it to the place of purchase for a refund). McCormick says you can contact its consumer affairs department for a replacement or full refund. 

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